LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Friday afternoon, the Junior League of Lufkin's Beautiful Me project presented five Lufkin Middle School girls after they got a full makeover and arrived in a limo to strut across the runway. The group's effort was to instill confidence in our young women.
Think back to your 7th grade year. It's that awkward time for braces, acne, and just really trying to find out where you fit in.
On the contrary, it was lights, camera, action for five lucky girls.
"I was nervous, and I was scared," said Angela Rodriguez, a Beautiful Me model.
"We tried to think of something to do to make them feel beautiful because they are beautiful," said Kaylee Sullivan, Beautiful Me co-chair.
The Junior League put the pre-teens on a runway but not before getting some magnificent makeovers.
"When they were doing my makeup I was like, 'How will I look?' I saw it, and said I look good," Rodriguez said.
"I felt good. I looked good," said Taylor Leecoutee, a Beautiful Me model.
"She told me I shouldn't be afraid to do what I like, and if I didn't like something to tell her, so we could do what I like," said Justyce Johnson, a Beautiful Me model.
The project was created to instill confidence and self confidence at a crucial stage for the girls.
"This is something they might not get to experience often, but they deserved that," Sullivan said.
"There's a point in your life where someone can destroy that by telling you something negative. If you meet the right people at that age, that's the breaking point," said April Houston, the Chair of Beautiful Me.
The girls arrived at the women's networking luncheon in a limo and left with a standing ovation. Houston said she thinks this is moment filled with confidence and support that will stick with the girls for years to come.
"I can be the next president, next lawyer, CEO of the next company," Houston said.
"I like my makeup and my eyebrows, and I like my hair a lot," Rodriguez said, blushing.
"When you feel beautiful, then that's when you can show it," Johnson said.
This was the first year for the Beautiful Me project. The Junior League hopes to continue and expand it every year. Clothes and makeup for the girls was provided by Belk.